Data privacy statement

Data protection

Protecting your private data is paramount for the operators of these websites. Your personal data is treated confidentially and in accordance with the statutory data protection rules as well as this data privacy statement.

The use of our website is usually possible without the need to input any personal data. In case personal data (e.g. name, address, e-mail address) is to be collected, it is, wherever possible, solely based on voluntary basis. No personal data will be forwarded to any third parties without your explicit consent.

However, we have to advise that data transmission on the Internet (e.g. when communicating via e-mail) always comes with a security risk. Complete protection of data from third party access is therefore not possible.


In several places our websites use so-called „cookies“. Cookies do not cause any damage on your computer, nor do they contain viruses. They serve the purpose of making our service more user-friendly, effective and secure. Cookies are small text files, which are copied onto your hard disk and saved in your browser.

Most of the cookies we use are so-called „session cookies“ which are immediately and automatically deleted after your visit to our website. Other cookies remain saved on your computer until they are deleted manually. These cookies enable us to recognize your browser during your next visit.

You can set your browser so that it enables you to decide in each case whether or not to accept or to reject all cookies, as well as having them automatically deleted when closing your browser. However, not utilizing cookies may prevent you from using certain functions and features of this website.

Server log files

The provider of these websites automatically collects and stores information in so- called „server log files“ which are transmitted to us by your browser, such as:

  • type and version of browser
  • operating system used
  • referrer URL
  • host name of the accessing computer
  • time of server request

This data cannot be used to identify specific persons. It will not be merged with any other sources. We reserve the right to re-examine this data if we have specific reasons which indicate unlawful use.

Contact form

If we receive a request submitted through the contact form, your data from the request form including your contact information specified there will be saved to help processing the request and in case any follow-up questions may occur. Only with your explicit consent do we provide anyone with this data.

Google Analytics

This website utilizes functions of Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043,USA.

Google Analytics uses so-called „cookies“. These are small text files which are stored on your computer and enable analysis of the website usage. The information generated by the cookie concerning your use of this website will generally be transmitted to and stored by Google on a server in the United States.

IP anonymisation

This website utilizes the IP anonymisation feature, therefore Google will shorten your IP address within Member States of the European Union or countries which are contracting parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area before transmitting it to the United States. Only in exceptional circumstances does your full IP address get transmitted to and shortened by Google on a server in the United States. Under the authority of the provider of this website, Google will use this data to evaluate website usage, compile reports on website activity and provide further services in connection with website usage and Internet usage towards him. The IP address your browser transmits to us as part of Google Analytics will not be merged with other data held by Google.

Browser plug-in

Although you can adjust your browser software to prevent the installation of cookies, we would point out that if you do so, it may prevent you from using certain functions and features of this website. Furthermore you can use the following browser plug-in to prevent your website usage data (including your IP address) generated by the cookie being collected and processed by Google (use the link to download and install the plug-in):

Objection to data collection

You can prevent Google Analytics from collecting your data by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie is set which prevents data collection during future visits to the site:

Deactivate Google Analytics

If you require more information on how Google Analytics handles user data, you can browse Google’s data privacy statement:

Contract data processing

We have entered into a contract on contract data processing with Google and are fully implementing the strict criteria imposed by the German data protection authorities regarding the usage of Google Analytics.

Demographic characteristics used by Google Analytics

This website utilizes a Google Analytics function called „demographic characteristics“ to create reports including statements about age, gender and interests of website visitors. This data is based on interest based advertising from Google as well as third party user data. This data cannot be used to identify specific persons. You can disable this function in the Google display settings at any time or, as pointed out in „objection to data collection“, prevent Google Analytics from collecting any data.


Our website utilizes plug-ins from the site YouTube, which is run by Google. Operator of the websites is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. Whenever you visit one of our websites which utilizes YouTube plug-ins, a connection to the YouTube servers will be established. In the process the server is told which of our websites you have been visiting.

If you are logged into your YouTube account, you enable YouTube to associate your browsing habits directly to your personal profile. You can prevent this by simply logging out of your YouTube account.

If you require further information on how user data is being dealt with you can browse YouTube’s privacy statement by clicking on the following link:

Comment function provided on this website

In addition to your comment, the comment function provided on this website also saves information on when the comment was created, your e-mail address and, unless posted anonymously, the user name of choice.

Storing your IP address

Our comment function on this website stores the IP address of users who write a comment. Since we do not examine comments before they are made available on this site, we require this data to take action against the author in case of infringements such as slander or propaganda.

Subscribing to comments

You can subscribe to comments as a registered user on this website. You will receive a confirmation e-mail to check if you are the owner of the indicated e-mail address. You can cancel this function by clicking on a link in the info mails at any time.

Right of access, erasure or blocking of data

You have the right to be provided with information free of charge relating to your stored data, the origin and the recipient of the data and the purpose of data processing as well as the right to rectify, block or erase said data at any time. For this purpose as well as if you require further information on personal data you can contact us by using the address indicated in our imprint at any time.

Objection to the use of advertising e-mails

We hereby reject the use of published contact data within the framework of the imprint regulations for the purpose of sending non-requested advertising material and information. The operators of these websites explicitly reserve the right to take legal action in the event of unsolicited sending of advertising material such as spam mails.


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